Alasaka; 5 Definition(s)


Alasaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Alasaka (अलसक):—One of the eighteen types of Kuṣṭha (“skin disease”), according to the Caraka-saṃhitā (cikitsāsthāna), which is an important Sanskrit work dealing with Āyurveda. This condition of the skin (kuṣṭha) is caused by the corruption of the three doṣas (tridoṣa: vāta, pitta and kapha) which in turn corrupts the skin, blood, muscle and lymph. Alasaka-kuṣṭha is characterized by being itchy, red in color and having nodules. Alasaka is caused by a preponderance of Vāta-doṣa (‘bodily air’) and Kapha-doṣa (‘bodily phlegm’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The name of a disease, of which Korakhattiya died (D.iii.7). Rhys Davids translates it as epilepsy and suggests that its name is a negative of lasika, the synovial fluid. Dial.iii.12, n.2.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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alasaka : (nt.) indigestion.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alasaka (अलसक).—a. Indolent, idle.

-kaḥ Flatulence, intumescence of the abdomen, with constipation and wind; प्रयाति नोर्ध्वं नाधस्तादाहारो न च पच्यते । आमाशयोऽलसीभूतस्तेन सोऽलसकः स्मृतः (prayāti nordhvaṃ nādhastādāhāro na ca pacyate | āmāśayo'lasībhūtastena so'lasakaḥ smṛtaḥ) ||

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alasaka (अलसक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Indolent. m.

(-kaḥ) Flatulence, Tympanitis, intumescence of the abdomen, with constipation and wind. E. kan added to the last.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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